lay·ette noun \lā-ˈet\: a complete outfit of clothing and equipment for a newborn infant
love noun \ˈləv\: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) : the fatherly concern of God for humankind(2) : brotherly concern for others
Layettes of Love provides a packet of baby supplies to each mom who delivers in the clinic- a project close to the hearts of our head nurse Elna, our public health nurse, Tomasa, and Teresa (Dr. Benno’s wife). For most women these are sorely needed supplies. For others, it is simply a way to bless mom and her growing family.
We do one on one teaching with every new mom on breastfeeding and the basics of infant care in the day or two she spends with us postpartum. We typically then distribute the packets, creating an opportunity to pray with and for the mother and infant.
The clinic does not stock linens the same way hospitals do in higher resourced areas of the world. If a family does not bring linens with them, it is left for the clinic staff to find creative ways of covering up a newborn (surgical towels, clothes usually used to wrap supplies to maintain sterility, etc…). Having the layettes on hand provides clinic staff with a receiving blanket and hat to keep babies warm immediately after they are born when families forget or are unable to bring such things with them.
The clinic averages one birth/ day. It is our dream to form relationships with 6-12 groups (small groups, Bible studies, women’s prayer groups etc…) who would collect baby items and once a year send 1-2 months worth of layettes for the clinic so that we have a constant supply. Items could include:-Receiving blankets -Hats -Plain cloth diapers (fancy cloth and disposable diapers are not used here) -Diaper pins -Infant clothes (preferably onesies) -Socks/ booties -Bibs, spit cloths -Rattles, teething and other small toys
Are you a part of a group that would like to partner with us in this way? Please contact Teresa Marx bntmarx